adidas adicolor G6 Superstar 2 “Staten Island”

  • DESIGNED BY: Bill McMullen
  • MADE ON: --/06
  • ART.NO: 562909

The first adidas adicolor shoe in 1983 was sold as a plain white Superstar with an accompanying set of acrylic paints and a wooden mixing pallet. The idea was for the wearer to self-customize the ‘blank canvas’ into a walking work-of-art, but the adicolor did not catch on until its relaunch in 2005 as the adicolor ‘color’ range. The self-expression intended by the adicolor was replaced with creative releases of the shoe designed by professional artists, designers, and musicians.

By Manhattan-based artist Bill McMullen, this adidas adicolor G6 Superstar ‘Staten Island’ is a tribute to the greenest borough of New York City. It is the sixth model of the green series in the adicolor ‘colors’ 2006 collection, and the color appears in a light and dark shade on the laces, three stripes on the side, upper heel detail, and adidas branding. The uniquely New York accent is the graphic of the Statue of Liberty holding an adidas torch, which is imprinted near the heel and on the tongue with the shoe name.

The G6 features the shelled toe, low-cut silhouette, cushioned midsole, and arched outersole of the Superstar that provide for comfort and flexibility in basketball play, and it is updated with a perforated white leather upper for airflow. The shoe was a general release at Foot Locker and is quite hard to come by these days due to excessive amount of fakes that have been produced. It matches with the adicolor G6 ‘Staten Island’ track top that was also designed by McMullen for the same series and uses the same colorway and graphics.

written by Jessica Hsu

photography by errol